Funding to help stop illegal waste

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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WHAT A MESS: Illegal dumping has become a widespread problem in Lake Macquarie in recent years. Picture: Ryan Osland
Nanjing Night Net

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have announced more than $75,000 in grant funding to help combat illegal dumping in Lake Macquarie City.

Council’s Manager SustainabilityDean Chapmansaid the funding supports local councils to identify local dumping sites and implement prevention and clean-up programs at these locations.

“This announcement will allow Council to implement a new illegal dumping project that will target three illegal dumping hot spots at Barnsley, Edgeworth and Awaba by installing gates, fencing and signage,” Mr Chapman said.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Trolleys and rubbish dumped at Scrubby Creek, Windale are just one area causing concern in Lake Macquarie. Picture: Simone De Peak

“It will also help to support the successful Eco Angels program, which allows community volunteers to host clean ups at hot spots throughout the year.”

The project isa NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy andallows Council to provide information about bulk waste collection and the penalties associated with illegal dumping to those living in multi-unit dwellings, whichhas been identified as a problem area.

“Our community is proud of the City’s bushland and public spaces and it is important they are kept healthy and rubbish free for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Chapman said.

“We have been working closely with the Hunter-Central Coast Illegal Dumping (RID) Squad since it was established in 2014, and this funding will allow us to build on the successes we have already achieved.”

Council will collaborate with Local Land Services, Centennial Coal, EnergyAustralia, property managers, Eco Angel volunteers and the Hunter-Central Coast RID squad to deliver the project.

The NSW EPA’s $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative aims to transform waste and recycling.

It includes funding for business recycling, market development, managing problem wastes, new waste infrastructure, local councils and programs to tackle illegal dumping and litter.

Illegaldumpinghas become a growing problem in bushland across the city and hidden surveillance cameras have beeninstalled at some hot spots.

Last financial year, the local RID Squad issued 68 penalty notices to offenders.

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